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preservation

noun
     
pres‧er‧va‧tion [uncountable]
1 when something is kept in its original state or in good condition [↪ preserve]
preservation of
Eliot campaigned for the preservation of London's churches.
We are working for the preservation of the environment.
the preservation of our cultural heritage
methods of food preservation
2 the act of making sure that a situation continues without changing
preservation of
the preservation of peace in the region
3 the degree to which something has remained unchanged or unharmed by weather, age etc:
The arena is in an exceptionally fine state of preservation.

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